Project #6854

Rebuild a school for 503 determined Ugandan kids

by Shashamane Sunrise




Dear Friends,


Happy New Year to you all.

Greetings from the staff and entire community of Ngora-Okoboi P/S.

We ended last year well and we have just received the Primary Seven
National Examinations results. The performance of our school was good as
compared to the previous years. This year’s performance was as follows: DIV I
-1; DIV II – 14; DIV III – 18; DIV IV – 2. All the pupils from DIV I to DIV III
will be able to join Secondary schools. Only those in DIV IV and those whose
parents/guardians cannot afford fees will not be able to progress in their
academic studies.

Term I of 2013 will start on 4/02/2013, and the best pupils this
year (basing on last term’s promotional performance) are as follows: (see attachment) or

We thank Shashamane for the hope and excitement now implanted in the learners.

Best wishes from us.

Bernadette Ademun.


 Shashamane Sunrise has been selected as one of four charities to take part in the January Education Appeal
of global donor marketplace Global Giving UK. The appeal highlights our effort at Okoboi Primary School in Ngora, Uganda to help reconstruct the school’s dilapidated roof and buildings.  For more information see our Project Page,
Or our website

January is back to school time for many of the children that we support. It is usually a time of great excitement for students as they are keen to share stories of the schools holidays, vacation activities with their families and the gifts and presents they received. For students who live in the rural and inner city communities we serve it can be a time of great anxiety and they struggle to find the necessary school and classroom supplies to start the school term. You can help. Give us two minutes of your time.

Help us promote the Back to School Appeal:


  • Like us on Facebook,Twitter and refer a friend or colleague
  • Make a donation
  • Host a Back To School Fundraiser

During the campaign, everyone who makes a donation of USD$25 or more will receive a Shash Tee. Additionally, if you host your own Shashamane Sunrise Fundraiser, one lucky person will be eligible to receive a roundtrip ticket to one of our Shash Tours during the year. For more information e-mail:

The current schedule for the Shash Service Tours is:


  • ShashT&T: 23-30 Jun
  • ShashJAM: 1-7 Jul
  • ShashUGX: 18-24 Aug  
  • ShashKEN: 25-31 Aug
  • ShashETH: 1-14 Sep
  • ShashHTI: 27 Nov - 1

We are seeking volunteers for your Shash Service Tours. Spaces can be booked through our website.
Deposits are due by March 2013 but spaces are limited so reserve your spots early. It is a travel and volunteer experience like no other.


Student making lunch
Student making lunch

Dear Shashamane Family,

We are happy to inform you that we are progressing well academically this year. The school has 10 teachers and 406 pupils.

We had a boarding section for P. 7 class. The candidates did P.L.E and we expect to update you of the performance when results are out in January 2013. But last year we got 1 pupil in Division 1, 10 pupils in Division 2, 8 pupils in Division 3.

P.1- P.6 pupils closed with reports and the girl child was on lead in every class; that prompted parents to bring their
children next year for boarding in various classes. Parents also accept to buy simple readers books for their pupils to improve on the reading culture.

We held an Annual General Meeting for Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) last Friday. Parents were very happy for your kind support towards renovation of the main classroom block. It is their prayers that God gives you wisdom to see ways of continuing supporting us towards completion of this block.

For the former Headgirl, Alokait Mary Gorretti, passed and joined a day secondary school (Teso Integraated SS Ngora) for S.1 this year; next year she will be in S.2. She is doing well academically and is active in the music club at the school. Her challenge is school fees, being a total orphan and living with her grandmother.

We hope to hear from and see you again in Ngora.

All from the Head teacher.

Ademun Bernadette.

Sports day
Sports day
Teachers meeting
Teachers meeting
School ground progress
School ground progress


The start of the the new school year usually represents a time of great excitement for our young children who are eager to learn but for the parents and students who live in rural communities in Africa and the Caribbean it can be a time of great anxiety as they frequently do not have the resources to purchase much needed school and classroom supplies. This has been one area in which we have tried to support the students and their parents. We appreciate your donations in helping to provide these basic needs.

Part of Shashamane Sunrise’s mission is to facilitate the creation of healthy learning environments in the schools it
supports. One of the ways to achieve is this through the development of sustainable social enterprises. The pilot project is Ngora-Okoboi Primary School in Uganda.

During the first semester of 2012, a group of MBA students at IIT Stuart Business School with the help of Prof. Ashton, worked with Shashamane Sunrise to develop a business plan to support a sustainable income generating project at Ngora Okoboi Primary School that would support the community and enable them to be more self sufficient and, therefore, better able to help the support the pupils.

The business plan is centered around the idea that Shashamane Sunrise will serve as a social enterprise catalyst and incubator. Our role will be to provoke innovation in the community and encourage idea generation. Once the idea is generated, our role will be to help shepherd it. The students broke the plan up into 7stages:

  1. Idea generation
  2. Analyze and prioritize ideas
  3. Prime the market
  4. Gather resources
  5. Project execution
  6. Tracking success
  7. Adapt and adjust

We are excited about the role we could play as idea catalysts and as we start the process of working with the community to apply the business plan we will continue to keep you updated. The community of Ngora Okoboi Primary school has come up with the idea of setting up a piggery to generate income.

We thank Prof. Ashton and the students at the IIT Stuart Business School, who so generously gave of their time and
resources to come up with such a strong business plan.

During the new school year, we also hope to help the school to start Phase 3 of the roof renovation project. This will ensure that the entire school block in covered with new roofing having completed Phases 1 and 2 earlier.

Please see the Accountability report from the  school and the budget for Phase 3.

On Arrival
On Arrival

In January 2012, a group from Shashamane Sunrise led by our Executive Chairman, Dr. Rene Zazou Williamson, and our Ambassadors musician Simba Amani and Miss Barbados World 2009, Leah Marville, visited Uganda. The trip was an overall success. The staff and students of the school were very welcoming during our visit. Their hospitality was overwhelming, treating us to performances and food.

We were met by Principal Adenum, parents, teachers and members of the School Management Committee, including its Chairman Rev Robert Ecogu. Rev. Ecogu presented us with a full accounting of the Roof Renovation Project expenses including receipts. During this Service Visit, we made contact with Matthew Boddie, a Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda, who has agreed to be an additional liaison with the school for Shashamane Sunrise. Mr. Boddie can assist primarily in the areas of communication and oversight.

During the guided tour of the premises, the team got a chance to see firsthand what progress was being made at the school. We are happy to report that Phase Two of the roofing project at the school was almost complete, with only a
few sheets of roofing left to be installed. The contractor, with the approval of the School Management Committee also rebuilt a supporting wall on the northern wing of the school, which had shown structural defects. This was
necessary in order to support the new roof on that side of the building.  

We have requested a quotation from the contractors for the cost of renovating the final two classrooms in the
six-classroom block.  

To date, Shashamane has raised USD$10,000 (minus GG administration fees) towards the Okoboi PS Project. We expect the roof renovation to be completed by early Spring.

Following our Needs Assessment interviews, the key priorities for the Ngora Okoboi Primary school  in 2012 are


  1. Completion construction of roof
  2. Rural electrification, which will be led by our U.K. Vice Chair, Phillip Blechinger
  3. Renovation of the interior and exterior of the six-classroom block
  4. Assessment and implementation of Social Entrepreneurship / Income Generating Projects (IGP) led by Professor Weslynne Ashton and a group of students from the MBA programme at Stuart Business School in Chicago


As part of our fundraising plan for 2012, Shashamane will partner with Peter Kagwa, the Managing Director
of Events Warehouse, which is one of the top Promtions Company in Uganda. Mr.Kagwa and Events Warehouse are to assist with the promotion and production of the Ugandan leg of the Shashamane Sunrise Global Concert Series.

Tour of school grounds
Tour of school grounds
Phase II almost complete
Phase II almost complete
The Performances
The Performances
The Presentations
The Presentations


Timber being off loaded
Timber being off loaded

In December 2010, Shashamane Sunrise visited Ngora Okoboi Primary School, where they met 503 very determined kids. A collapsing roof had forced them out of their classrooms. In spite of the decaying roof, these kids had been showing up every day rain or shine to attend school under a tree shade. Inspired by their determination, Shashamane Sunrise started a fundraising drive that raised $6,800 minus GG administrative fees.

During the Phase I of the roof renovation we demolished the collapsing roof, rebuilt the ring beam for four classrooms, put up roof trusses and installed weather proof iron sheets on two of the four classrooms.

 After the completion of Phase I, Irene Omaswa, a Shashamane Sunrise, Uganda team member, organized a Charity Walk in London to raise money for Phase II of the construction work. On July 8th, she walked 17.2km/10.8 miles from Richmond to West Hampstead in North London, UK.  Through these efforts she raised USD$2,200 for Phase II of the project.

Of the $2,200 we raised through the Charity Walk, we received the first installment of $1060 on September 15th and the second installment, $920 on November 30th. With the funds received from Global Giving UK and Global Giving, we now have enough money to start Phase II roof construction. We will start with the construction of the shorter classroom and when we finish constructing the shorter classroom, we will start on the long Eastern classroom. We are excited about the new roof and can't wait to finish construction so that once the new term begins, more children can sit under another roofed classroom.

We have attached a break down of the roof construction costs as well as the very first pictures we’ve taken of the construction materials we purchased being off loaded. We will keep you posted on the progress we make.

Once again, Yalama noi noi. Thank you very much for the commitment you've shown to this cause.

Timber being off loaded
Timber being off loaded


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Shashamane Sunrise

Location: Stamford, CT - USA
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